“Biggest Bilateral Trade Deal in History” – EU and US Launch T-TIP

At the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, leaders have announced the launch of negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the United States and Europe. The first round of talks will take place on 8th July 2013 in Washington, D.C.. David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, hailed the project as potentially the “biggest … Read more “Biggest Bilateral Trade Deal in History” – EU and US Launch T-TIP

“Canada in a Changing World” – Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner to the UK

The world is going through a period of momentous change. Financial crises, political upheaval, an ageing population and the rise of  volatile  economies will have an impact on us all and no country is immune from their effect. However, Canada is particularly well placed to cope with that change. Canada weathered the economic storm better … Read more “Canada in a Changing World” – Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner to the UK

EU Appoints Envoy to Middle East Quartet

The European Union has appointed Mr Andreas Reinicke to represent Europe in the Middle East Quartet. Currently Germany’s ambassador to Syria, Mr Reinicke has worked in diplomacy for 25 years, mostly in the Middle East. Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said of Mr Reinicke: “He is an experienced … Read more EU Appoints Envoy to Middle East Quartet

Macedonia and Greece Still Not Agreed on Naming Issue

Macedonia and Greece are still without agreement after two days of ambassadorial talks in New York aimed at settling a naming dispute. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia wishes to be known as the Republic of Macedonia, whilst Greece refuses to recognise any reference to the term “Macedonia” as a province of its territory shares … Read more Macedonia and Greece Still Not Agreed on Naming Issue

Palestinian and Israeli Negotiators Meet Tony Blair in Jordan for Peace Talks

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators met with Tony Blair on 3rd January 2012 in Amman, Jordan, as part of Quartet talks aimed at restarting peace negotiations between the two parties. Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, was also present along with representative from the European Union, Russia and the … Read more Palestinian and Israeli Negotiators Meet Tony Blair in Jordan for Peace Talks

What’s In a Name? Macedonia and Greece Agree to Resume Talks Over Title

Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have agreed to resume talks over the naming of the Republic of Macedonia. The United Nations will mediate discussions between the two countries in New York from 16th January 2012. Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece and Ambassador Zoran Jolevski will attempt to reach a resolution to the … Read more What’s In a Name? Macedonia and Greece Agree to Resume Talks Over Title

Herman van Rompuy “We Need More Europe”

The President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, has issued a clarion call to Europe’s leaders to renew their faith in the European project. In an eloquent speech marking the start of the academic year at the European University Institute in Florence, he said that his meetings with leaders in the last few weeks … Read more Herman van Rompuy “We Need More Europe”

Liberia and Côte D’Ivoire Reaffirm Relations Following Ouattara Victory

Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire reaffirmed relations on Saturday 9th July 2011 with a visit from Prime Minister Soro and an accompanying delegation to the Executive Mansion of the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. A traditional welcome greeted the delegation at James Spriggs Payne Airport, where the Liberian Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. J. Levi Demmah; the … Read more Liberia and Côte D’Ivoire Reaffirm Relations Following Ouattara Victory

China and Philippines Clash on Maritime Rights in South China Sea

China has dismissed a call from the Philippines Minister of Defence for restraint in military activities in the South China Sea. During the 2011 Asia Security Summit held on 3rd – 5th June 2011 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, the Philippine Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire T. Gazmin, expressed his concern that the “legitimate … Read more China and Philippines Clash on Maritime Rights in South China Sea

Russia Receives Mongolian Delegation for Trade and Co-operation Talks

The President Elbegdorj of Mongolia met with President Medvedev of Russia on Tuesday 31st May 2011 to discuss a number of areas of co-operation between the two Central Asian countries. Agreements were signed to allow for research co-operation between the Russian and Mongolian Academies of Medical Sciences as well as a cross-border nature reserve at … Read more Russia Receives Mongolian Delegation for Trade and Co-operation Talks

President Zardari Meets with President Medvedev in Russia to Discuss Energy

President Zardari of Pakistan was in Russia on 11th and 12th May 2011 at the invitation of the Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev. The two leaders discussed a range of topics over lunch and witnessed the signing of the intergovernmental agreement on air traffic. Also under consideration was a Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Ministry … Read more President Zardari Meets with President Medvedev in Russia to Discuss Energy

Columbia: Bogotá to push Free Trade Agreement through US Congress

President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon is backing the final process of approval for a Free Trade Agreement between the USA and Columbia, which is scheduled to pass through the United States Congress in the coming months. The Columbian President said that, following a recent meeting with President Obama, the work of the Colombian government and … Read more Columbia: Bogotá to push Free Trade Agreement through US Congress

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov to Visit Sweden

A Russian trade delegation will visit Sweden on Wednesday 30th March 2011, led by Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov. The group will be met by the Swedish Minister for Trade, Ewa Björling, in Stockholm. Under the auspices of the Swedish-Russian Steering Committee, trade and economic ties will be discussed. Minister Björling said of the meeting … Read more Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov to Visit Sweden

Saudi Arabia Approves Prisoner Transfer Deal with India

On January 17th 2011 in a meeting with the Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Cabinet of Saudi Arabia approved a prisoner transfer deal with India. An extradition agreement and a transfer of sentenced persons agreement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of India … Read more Saudi Arabia Approves Prisoner Transfer Deal with India

START Treaty Ratified by US Senate

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty has been ratified by the US Senate, giving weight to this latest commitment to non-proliferation between the former Cold-War states. President Barack Obama spoke to Dmitry Medvedev, the President of Russia, over the telephone on 23rd December 2010 to exchange season’s greetings and satisfaction at the progress of the treaty. … Read more START Treaty Ratified by US Senate